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Ajax Starter Kit by Phil Ballard

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7. Anatomy of an Ajax Application

In this lesson you will learn about the individual building blocks of Ajax and how they fit together to form the architecture of an Ajax application. Subsequent lessons here in Part II, “Introducing Ajax,” examine these components in more detail, finally assembling them into a working Ajax application.

The Need for Ajax

In Part I, “A Refresher on Web Technologies,” we reviewed the core technologies that form the components of an Ajax application. By now, you will hopefully have at least a rudimentary knowledge of JavaScript, PHP, and XML, all of which we’ll use here in Part II.

Before discussing the individual components, let’s look in more detail at what we want from our Ajax application.

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